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cal·i·co

 (kăl′ĭ-kō′)
n. pl. cal·i·coes or cal·i·cos
1.
a. A tightly woven cotton cloth having a repeating, often floral design.
b. Chiefly British A plain white cotton cloth, heavier than muslin.
2. An animal, such as a cat, having a coat of white fur with distinct patches of different colors, usually reddish-orange and black.

[After Calicut.]

cal′i·co adj.

calico

(ˈkælɪˌkəʊ)
n, pl -coes or -cos
1. (Textiles) a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2. (Textiles) chiefly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
3. (Textiles) (modifier) made of calico
[C16: based on Calicut, town in India]

cal•i•co

(ˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ)

n., pl. -coes, -cos,
adj. n.
1. a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usu. on one side.
2. Brit. plain white cotton cloth.
3. an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
adj.
4. made of calico.
5. mottled or variegated in color.
6. (of a domestic cat) having a variegated white, black, red, and cream coat.
[1495–1505; short for Calico cloth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calico - coarse cloth with a bright print
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Adj.1.calico - made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned; "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"
2.calico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightlycalico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies"
colored, coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
Translations

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ]
A. N (calicoes or calicos (pl)) → calicó m, percal m
B. ADJ [jacket, shirt etc] → de percal

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ] n
(British)calicot m
(US)indienne f

calico

nKattun m

calico

[ˈkælɪˌkəʊ] n(tela di) cotone m grezzo (Am) → cotonina stampata
References in classic literature ?
We bound it between pasteboards, which I covered with brilliant calico, representing scenes from a circus.
Arrayed in a new calico dress, with clean, white apron, and high, well-starched turban, her black polished face glowing with satisfaction, she lingered, with needless punctiliousness, around the arrangements of the table, merely as an excuse for talking a little to her mistress.
There was two old dirty calico dresses, and a sun-bonnet, and some women's underclothes hanging against the wall, and some men's clothing, too.
There was one passenger in the coach,--a small dark-haired person in a glossy buff calico dress.
Moncharmin and Richard were the shipwrecked mariners amid this motionless turmoil of a calico sea.
She was then proceeding to all the particulars of calico, muslin, and cambric, and would shortly have dictated some very plentiful orders, had not Jane, though with some difficulty, persuaded her to wait till her father was at leisure to be consulted.
A hunting-shirt of ruffled calico of bright dyes, or of ornamented leather, falls to his knee; below which, curiously fashioned legging, ornamented with strings, fringes, and a profusion of hawks' bells, reach to a costly pair of moccasons of the finest Indian fabric, richly embroidered with beads.
But after a short time, becoming familiar with its charming aspect, and jealous of the folds which encircled its form, they sought to pierce the sacred veil of calico in which it was enshrined, and in the gratification of their curiosity so far overstepped the limits of good breeding, as deeply to offend the lady's sense of decorum.
Her countenance, a natural carnation slightly embrowned by the season, had deepened its tinge with the beating of the rain-drops; and her hair, which the pressure of the cows' flanks had, as usual, caused to tumble down from its fastenings and stray beyond the curtain of her calico bonnet, was made clammy by the moisture, till it hardly was better than seaweed.
Instead of her usual calico wrapper and knitted shawl she wore her best dress of brown merino, and above her thin strands of hair, which still preserved the tight undulations of the crimping-pins, rose a hard perpendicular bonnet, as to which Ethan's clearest notion was that he had to pay five dollars for it at the Bettsbridge Emporium.
She wore a camisole of white calico with short arms.
My good priest sat beside me in these rich moments, knotting in his lap the calico handkerchief of the snuff-taker, and entering with tremulous eagerness into my joy in things that he had often before enjoyed.